Senior Paint & Coatings Scientist

Job location:
Cornwall, United Kingdom
Created moment:
May 22, 2023
Job reference:
REQ - 06991

The Company

The world’s leading supplier of mineral-based specialty solutions for industry with 14,000 employees, operations in more than 40 countries, and €4.3 billion in revenue in 2022.
Imerys delivers high-value-added, functional solutions to a great number of sectors, from processing industries to consumer goods. The Group draws on its understanding of applications, technological knowledge and expertise in material science to deliver solutions by beneficiating its mineral resources, synthetic minerals and formulations. Imerys’ solutions contribute essential properties to customers’ products and their performance, including heat resistance, hardness, conductivity, opacity, durability, purity, lightness, filtration, absorption and water repellency. Imerys is determined to develop responsibly, in particular by fostering the emergence of environmentally-friendly products and processes.
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The Position

Senior Paint & Coatings Scientist

Job Summary

Coatings Scientist

Imerys Minerals Ltd – Cornwall

Full time Monday – Friday

Salary TBC

Science, Innovation and Product Development are the key ingredients to this Senior Scientist role

About the role

Reporting to the S&T Director/Team Leader, based in our Imerys’ Technology Centre (ITC) Par Moor, UK you’ll be managing a technical team; inspiring your team to bring new ideas for new products and new uses for mineral solutions for our paint and coating projects. 

Working within Innovation, you’ll be responsible for the smooth running of the lab; training and developing your team as necessary on paints and coatings technology. You’ll also be liaising with other scientists in the group and co-ordinating work with the team in Toulouse, France.

In addition, you’ll 

  • provide reformulation advice for Imerys’ customers

  • liaise with legal teams to organise confidentiality agreements with customers and partners

  • identify patent opportunities and protect Imerys’ intellectual property

  • interface raw material suppliers to keep up to date with industry developments

  • participate in customer visits, conferences and seminars and pilot trials

  • undertake travel to our technical centres in Europe

About you

Working as a senior scientist in this role you’ll be educated to 1st degree level in chemistry or materials science or a related subject with a further 5-10 years in post-graduate/doctorate research in coatings. Knowledge of extenders used in industry, their effects on the end product and associated processes would also be useful.

In addition, you’ll have the flexibility to travel in the UK and to Europe and on occasion work extended hours.

What we offer

The world leader in mineral-based speciality solutions for industry, with over 16,000 employees and over 200 sites worldwide; there are lots of reasons to join us.

We offer a comprehensive benefits package including, Sick Pay, Life Assurance, Employee Assistance Programme, Income Protection, Defined Contribution Pension Plan, Long Service Awards, IML Reward Hub, Employee Discounts, Flu Vouchers, Eye Care Vouchers, Cycle to Work Scheme, Health and Wellbeing Programme. 

Maintaining the health, safety and environmental standards on site, for yourself and others around you we’re an organisation with a wealth of career and development opportunities that allows you to tap into your full potential. Our workplaces are diverse and inclusive, and we foster a collaborative work culture which helps us continually drive innovation in our fields.  

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Position Type

Full time



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